A little bit later than everybody anticipated based on prior information coming from Tesla and the Twitter guru Elon Musk, we now have an official introduction date for the Tesla electric truck.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself pushed out the new date – even though everyone assumed it would debut before the end of September – also because Musk said as much. Of course, no one really knows why the month-long delay – but it’s not at all surprising considering the past experience with Tesla, particularly the Model X issues and postponements. The dat has now been released using Tesla’s official announcement channel – Elon Musk’s Twitter: “Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride tentatively scheduled for Oct 26th in Hawthorne. Worth seeing this beast in person. It’s unreal.”
According to the latest rumors, the Tesla Semi is at first at least targeting the bottom line of what “long-haul” means, coming without a sleeper berth, and most likely with a design reminiscent of European trucks, without the massive engine bay up front. Musk also settled a while back the idea they will produce the truck in collaboration with a manufacturer that has experience in the field: “No, we will manufacture that ourselves. Most of that semi is actually made out of Model 3 parts by the way. It’s actually using a bunch of Model 3 motors, without revealing too much about the future of it, so we are able to use a very high volume vehicle,” commented Musk.